OxyContin® (generic name, oxycodone) is a Schedule II opioid narcotic that was approved in 1995 as a medication for pain. Schedule II drugs are the most highly regulated and dangerous drugs. OxyContin® is a highly addictive drug, and many people’s lives have been ruined by it.

OxyContin® and Birth Defects

A very large and ongoing study, the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, has found that a pregnant woman’s treatment with an opiate drug such as OxyContin® increases the risk of her child being born with a birth defect. Opioid-related cardiac (heart-related) birth defects include:

  • Atrioventricular, conoventricular, and atrial septal defects
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Pulmonary valve stenosis

In addition, use of OxyContin® later in a pregnancy (during the third trimester), can increase the chance that the newborn baby will go through OxyContin® withdrawal after his or her birth. The symptoms of OxyContin® withdrawal in an infantare:

  • Fast breathing
  • Fever
  • Hyperactive reflexes
  • Increased stools
  • Irritability, excessive crying
  • Tremors
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Yawning

OxyContin® shouldn’t be used during labor and delivery, because it can depress the infant’s breathing.

Side Effects of OxyContin®

OxyContin® use carries the risk of quite a few side effects (in addition to the risk of becoming addicted to this drug), such as:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anxiety
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Euphoria (an unusual pleasant feeling)
  • Fever
  • Heartburn
  • Hiccups
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Strange dreams
  • Sweating
  • Twitching
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

Perhaps most seriously, OxyContin® at high doses can make a person’s breathing irregular and/or slowed down; this can be fatal.

Don’t Delay! Call Clay!

OxyContin® is a very powerful drug with serious risks. If your baby suffered birth defects or symptoms of withdrawal and you were prescribed the drug during your pregnancy, you may have a legal claim. Don’t delay! Call Clay! Our initial consultation is FREE! Our experienced staff members are here to help.